Community - July 28, 2010


Hal Cenedella

Attilio Harold "Hal" Cenedella, who operated the real estate company, Cenedella & Co. Inc. in Menlo Park from 1969 to 1995, died peacefully at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 18. He was 89.

Mr. Cenedella was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, and moved to California with his family at age 10. He attended Berkeley High School and graduated from UC Berkeley.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served in the Pacific on the USS Vestal during World War II. After the war, he attended Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.

As a young man, he had many jobs, starting in high school delivering newspapers in Berkeley and waiting on tables at the Jolly Roger at the San Francisco World's Fair on Treasure Island in 1939. After the war, he co-founded Rancho Cenedella and operated a dairy farm in Marysville with his brother for 10 years.

The Cenedellas lived in Los Trancos Woods, in Portola Valley, for 23 years. Locally, he began his real estate career working for August Associates. He later founded his own company, Cenedella & Co. Inc.

Mr. Cenedella sold many rural San Mateo County properties and at one time had a branch in La Honda, according to his wife, Virginia. He expanded his real estate company and opened a branch in Charlottesville, as well as his investment companies, Cenedella-Burns Investment Co. and Virpac Associates.

In 1995 he moved to Charlottesville to manage his real estate investments of houses and office buildings, retiring in 2001 at the age of 80.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Burns Cenedella of Charlottesville; son Arn Harold Cenedella of San Carlos; brother Robert Cenedella; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents, Attilio and Rosina Cenedella; an infant son, Bart; and son Brant William.

At his request, there will be no funeral service. A memorial will be announced later.

Visit to sign the guest register. Donations may be sent to Caring for Creatures, 352 Sanctuary Lane, Palmyra, VA 22963.

Florence Minard

Florence Anna Paulsen Minard, the last of a pioneer Palo Alto family, died peacefully in Menlo Park on July 5, five weeks short of her 103rd birthday.

Ms. Minard was born in Palo Alto, the seventh of nine children. Her father, Jasper Paulsen, owned the first livery stable in town and the Stanford Marguerite buses are named after his favorite horse.

She graduated from Palo Alto High School and attended Stanford University, where she met her husband, Claude Minard, a law student.

They lived briefly in Sacramento, when he was elected to the state Assembly, then returned to Palo Alto after he became secretary of the California Bar Association.

In 1938 Ms. Minard joined the Palo Alto Auxiliary to the Stanford Convalescent Home, the forerunner of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. For decades, she worked as a volunteer server at the auxiliary's restaurant at Allied Arts and at rummage sales. She led a Girl Scout troop and tutored in Palo Alto and Ravenswood schools.

During World War II, when her husband served as a military governor in North Africa and Europe, Ms. Minard volunteered at the Red Cross, planted a large victory garden, and raised chickens in her backyard, say family members.

In her later years, she became interested in peace and social justice issues and had never missed voting in any election until she was 101. Shortly before her 100th birthday, she said she would not accept a congratulatory telegram from President George W. Bush because she was opposed to the Iraq war.

An avid walker, Mr. Minard once hiked eight miles in a state park at age 75. She enjoyed traveling and exploring U.S. and European cities on foot. She loved going to the opera, playing bridge, and was a creative seamstress and cook, say family members. After she became a widow, she shared her home with Stanford students from the U.S. and Africa.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Erving of Menlo Park, with whom she had lived since 1995; daughters Paula Berka of Menlo Park and Sally Brice of Half Moon Bay; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Minard; son Claude Minard Jr.; and grandson Rob Erving.

A private celebration of her life will be held in August. The family asks those who wish to remember her to make a donation to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.


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